Recent Articles in Festivals
The Third Annual Village Voice 4Knots Festival at NYC’s South Street Seaport Announces Initial Bands
Don your pirate hats, sunscreen, earplugs and ahoy there, matie. The Village Voice has unveiled their initial line-up for the third annual free 4Knots Music Festival, once again to be held at NYC’s historic South Street Seaport, which will be a fine way to bring crowds of all ages back down to the seaport, after the crippling blows the area suffered from Hurricane Sandy last year.
Don your gilt-tooled masks. Fluff your cravats and smooth your satin gowns. Paint over your beauty marks with black hearts and dainty spades. It’s too early to put away your Mardi Gras finery just yet; The weekend has come for Williamsburg Fashion Weekend,in all the glory of its twelfth season.
It doesn’t get much better as a lead in than hosting many New Zealand bands large and small (e.g. Die! Die! Die! as the angsty stalwarts in the upper spheres), all their NZ countrymen (so it seems), and an open bar for guests, to kick off a CMJ.
Judgement Night at the House of Vans: Complex Media Brings on the Bigwigs with Action Bronson, Paul Banks, SpaceGhostPurrp, Savages…
Complex Media’s “Judgment Night ” pitted major act against big act against up and coming buzz act, a veritable collision of styles, on Thursday night, October 18 at the House of Vans in Brooklyn.
Tonight if you’re in New York you’re looking outside and saying to yourself, I don’t know how people can possibly stay awake in places like London or Seattle (the answer is: with drugs) because you just want to curl somewhere with a warm bottle of Cabernet and a blanket. But surprise, there are plenty of good things to do, click through to see some suggestions.
Let’s start with the last day of the holiday weekend, happy Monday, and the most scintillating flyer, first. Let the shows begin…
The project can be described as haunting, lo-fi electro with a limitless, multimedia angle. Iceage’s Elias Bender Rønnenfelt and Loke Rahbek of Sexdrome, co-owner of Posh Isolation, is Vår, once known as Danish duo WAR.
I slept in, then played a few rounds of Words with Friends before venturing out from Barton Springs on Saturday to see Gauntlet Hair, the band who got their medieval-sounding name from Johnny Winter’s whacky hairstyle, as pictured on the back of one of his album covers.
On Friday, late afternoon, my friends text me while I’m way over on San Jacinto to say “Trust’s on in ten!” I had no choice but to run to Brooklyn Vegan’s Hotel Vegas on East 6th for Toronto’s Trust, who I’d just seen in Brooklyn last week. They were so good then, I ran from west to east to get my fill for a second round. I arrived just as they were into their second song, with Hob Nob wine in hand, ready to dance.
SXSW is many things, with one minor detail being that it’s always a great study in contrasts. There are the badgeless, the wristbandless, and the Austinites who come to gawk at the international crowds and who just don’t care, or those media mavens with every plastic VIP cred swinging proudly on their chest and who scream when they can’t get into a day party they rsvp’d for since their name just isn’t on the list. There are the huge parties boasting free swag, festooned with as many corporate logos as can fit on a beer cozy, cheap bandana or XL tee you’ll maybe use to wash your car, if you have one.